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‘Hands Up,’ a set of monologues about police shootings, to be performed at OSU Dec. 2-3

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Hands Up,” a set of seven monologues exploring the psyches of black men and women in the wake of police shootings across the country, will be performed at Oregon State University Dec. 2 and 3.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. The shows are free and open to the public; tickets can be reserved online in advance at reddoorproject.org/hands-up#tickets.

The work is being brought to Corvallis by the Portland-based August Wilson Red Door Project and is sponsored the NAACP Corvallis/Albany Branch, the OSU School of Arts and Communication, OSU Theatre and the Red Door Project.

The monologues featured in “Hands Up” were originally commissioned by The New Black Fest in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio; and others. The monologues, written by seven emerging black playwrights, explore their feelings about the well-being of black Americans in a culture of institutional profiling. 

Director Kevin Jones has been producing the program in Portland since 2016. Jones and Lesli Mones, the founders of the August Wilson Red Door Project, will facilitate a “talkback” session after each performance. The goal of the discussions is to promote healing.

For disability ability accommodations, contact the OSU Theatre box office manager, Marissa Solini, at 541-737-2784. The box office will open one hour prior to performances to redeem advance reservations.

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Auditions for OSU’s lab theatre production ‘The Taming’ to be held Nov. 27-28

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s winter lab theater production, “The Taming,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 27 and 28 in the Withycombe Hall lab theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

“The Taming” by Lauren Gunderson is an all-female political farce inspired by Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” It focuses on the role of women in contemporary American government, bipartisanship, the founding fathers and lots of pageantry.

The play features adult language and content, including queer themes and profanity in every role. The character of Patricia appears without pants for much of the play.

The cast is comprised of three roles, with each role portraying two to three characters. The roles are:

  • Patricia, conservative aide to Sen. Peter Baxter, in her 30s, who also plays James Madison in 1787; 
  • Bianca, a liberal southern hipster activist in her 30s, who also plays a sweet southern good-girl intern and Charles Pickney in 1787;
  • Katherine, a southern belle and pageant winner in her 20s who also plays George and Martha Washington in 1787 as well as Dolley Madison.

Those auditioning should be prepared for physical movement and wear comfortable and movement-appropriate clothing and footwear. Auditions will begin with light stretching and warm-up activities, followed by readings from the script. Auditioners should be prepared to demonstrate any non-musical talents such as magic tricks, baton-twirling or tap-dancing.

Scripts are available for checkout prior to auditions in Withycombe 141. Auditioners are strongly encouraged to read pages 8-9, 11-12, 20, 23-24, and 30 or the entire play if possible beforehand. 

Actors must be at all technical and dress rehearsals and every show. The tech/dress rehearsals run Feb. 10-14 and performances are Feb. 15-18. Regular rehearsals will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning Jan. 8. A read-through will be held before winter break.

For more information, contact director PJ Harris at harripat@oregonstate.edu.

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Corvallis-OSU Symphony opens season with concert Nov. 20

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra will open its 112th season with “Our Judeo-Romano-Christian Heritage” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis.

Conductor Marlan Carlson will lead the symphony through a program celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 1517. The concert opens with Felix Mendelssohn’s Fifth Symphony, the “Reformation,” and continues with Ernst Bloch’s “Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque for Violoncello and Orchestra.” The program will close with Ottorino Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.”

Anne Ridlington, principal cellist of the Eugene Symphony and assistant principal cellist of the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, will appear as soloist on “Schelomo.” Ridlington, a Corvallis native, completed her bachelor of music degree at the Indiana University School of Music, where she studied with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Helga Winold, Emilio Colon and Janos Starker.

Reserved seats are $22, $27 and $32. Advance tickets are available online at www.cosusymphony.org. Corvallis Arts For All discounts apply with valid SNAP card; tickets are available one hour prior to the performance at the LaSells Stewart Center. For accommodations relating to a disability please call 541-286-5580, preferably one week in advance.


Zachary Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu

Corvallis Science Pub explores the mushrooms of Marys Peak

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Fall rains bring out wild mushrooms in abundance, supporting a fast-growing industry, which exports products worth more than $6 million in Oregon. 

Steve Carpenter will dig into the bounty at the root of this business at the Corvallis Science Pub on November 13. Science Pub begins at 6 pm in the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis and is free and open to the public.

Come and learn about what mushrooms are, how they make a living, how to identify them and the different types that thrive on Marys Peak. Grass Roots Books will have copies of Carpenter’s book, “Mushrooms of Marys Peak and Vicinity,” for sale.

The president of Pacific Analytical Laboratory in Philomath, Carpenter teaches mushroom identification classes locally and provides mushroom science lectures and workshops yearly at the Yachats Mushroom Festival.

Podcasts of previous Corvallis Science Pub events on topics such as the bond between people and dogs and the surprising history of leavening agents are available at http://communications.oregonstate.edu/podcast.

Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

Media Contact: 

Nick Houtman, nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-0783



Steve Carpenter, microbe@pioneer.net


OSU Choirs, Jan Michael Looking Wolf present ‘Live as One’ concert Nov. 9

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University choral program will present “Live as One – A Concert for Social Justice” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street, Corvallis.

The program, inspired by the ability of music to promote togetherness and greater cultural understanding, will feature the OSU Chamber Choir, directed by Steven Zielke; Bella Voce, directed by Sandra Babb; the OSU Meistersingers, directed by Russ Christensen; and award-winning Native American flutist Jan Michael Looking Wolf. 

Featured pieces include “Honor Song” by Looking Wolf; “I Dream a World” and “Fences” by André Thomas; Eric Nelson’s “We are the Music Makers;”  “Glory” from the movie “Selma” by Greg Simon; Kim Baryluk’s “Warrior;” Jake Runestad’s “We Can Mend the Sky;” “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” arranged by Jay Althouse; Tom Trenney’s arrangement of “We Shall Overcome;” Vincent Persichetti’s “Song of Peace;” “All of Us” - an excerpt from Craig Hella Johnson’s “Considering Matthew Shepard;” and arrangements of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Looking Wolf’s “Live as One.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and free for K-12 students and OSU students with ID. Corvallis Arts For All discounts apply; up to two $5 tickets may be purchased upon presentation of a valid SNAP card. Advance tickets are available online at: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/SACevents. For accommodations relating to a disability, please call 541-737-4671. 

Media Contact: 

Zachary Person, 541-737-4671


Jan Looking Wolf Reibach, reibachj@oregonstate.edu

Artist, author Sharon Louden to speak at OSU Nov. 13

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Artist and author Sharon Louden will speak at Oregon State University to discuss her recent book, “The Artist as Culture Producer,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street.

The talk and Louden’s visit are part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artist and Scholars Lecture Series. A reception with the artist will be held before the lecture at 6 p.m. in the Myrtle Tree Alcove at the LaSells Stewart Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life,” is a collection of essays by 40 visual artists, edited by Louden and published by Intellect Books.

The book describes how artists extend their practices outside of their studios. The first-hand stories show how contemporary artists of the 21st century add to creative economies through their out-of-the-box thinking, while also generously contributing to the well-being of others. Louden explores the misconception that artists are invisible and hidden, showing the measurable and innovative outcomes they serve at the front lines of education, the non-profit sector and the corporate environment.

In a town-hall style forum, Louden will take questions, discuss what it means to be a contemporary artist and explore what “successful” means to different artists, including information from her book series about living and sustaining a creative life.

Topics that often come up in her presentations include: the roles artists play as change agents in the creative economy, models of sustaining creative lives in the public realm and redefining who a contemporary artist is today.

Louden's work is held in major public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. She graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master of fine arts degree from Yale University School of Art. Since graduating from Yale in 1991, Louden has worked as an artist, teacher and author. 

Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues around the country and has been written about in the New York Times, Art in America, Washington Post, Sculpture Magazine, ARTnews, Philadelphia Inquirer and other publications. She has participated in residencies at Tamarind Institute, Urban Glass, Franconia Sculpture Park, Society of the Four Arts and Art Omi.

Louden’s books will be available for sale at the event and she will be signing books following her presentation.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture series brings world-renowned artists and scholars to the OSU campus to interact with students in the art department so they can learn what is required of a professional artist or scholar. For more information, visit http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/art/visiting-artists-and-scholars-vas-lecture-series and http://www.sharonlouden.com/.

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Kerry Skarbakka, 541-737-1256, kerry.skarbakka@oregonstate.edu

Auditions for OSU’s winter production, ‘Rhinoceros,’ to be held Nov. 13-14

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s winter production, “Rhinoceros,” will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

“Rhinoceros,” by Eugene Ionesco and translated by Wesley Savick, is an absurdist play inspired by Ionesco’s experiences with fascism. It depicts anxiety about the spread of totalitarianism in society, as inhabitants of a provincial town gradually turn into rhinoceroses.  

Auditions are open to all OSU students, staff, faculty and area community members. The cast features three principal roles and an ensemble of seven to 14 players. Those auditioning should be prepared to do cold readings from the script, which is available online at: http://www.suffolk.edu/ModernTheatre/events/113.html.

A cast read-through and meeting will be held the week of Nov. 27. Rehearsals will begin Jan. 15 and run regularly on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Technical/dress rehearsals will run Feb. 24 to 28 and performances are March 1 to 3 and March 9 to 11. All cast members must be available for all technical rehearsals and performances. Those auditioning should review their schedules and be prepared to address any conflicts at the auditions.

 For more information, contact Director Ajai Tripathi at abbejabbi@gmail.com.

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Photography exhibit celebrating women with disabilities featured in OSU’s Little Gallery

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Brilliant and Resilient: Celebrating the Power of Disabled Women Activists,” an exhibit of photographs celebrating women with disabilities around the world, will be on display in Oregon State University’s Little Gallery Nov. 12 through Dec. 8.

A reception to celebrate the exhibit’s opening will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at the gallery in 210 Kidder Hall, 2000 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. Susan Sygall, co-founder and CEO of Mobility International USA (MIUSA), and Susan Dunn, program manager for the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), will speak at the event. 

The public is welcome at the reception. ASL interpretation will be available. The gallery is wheelchair accessible, exhibit text will be available in English and Spanish and an audio format of the exhibit will be available.

“Brilliant and Resilient” features professional images and personal stories of 30 women representing a variety of cultures, countries and disabilities. All of the women are alumni of WILD, a program of MIUSA that brings grassroots women leaders with disabilities together to build skills, exchange experiences and strategies, strengthen international networks of support and more. 

The exhibit celebrates women with disabilities around the world who are making an impact in the fields of education, employment, policy and legislation, reproductive health, emergency response, HIV/AIDS and violence prevention.

The project honors the 1995 United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing, which ignited an international disabled women’s rights movement. The exhibit also highlights the role of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in advancing the status of women with disabilities. 

Photos displayed in the exhibit were taken by Brian Lanker, a Pulitzer Prize-winner whose work was featured in LIFE Magazine, Sports Illustrated and elsewhere; Darcy Keifel, a photojournalist whose work has been featured in USA Today and Sports Illustrated; and Paola Gianturco, a photojournalist who has documented women’s lives in 55 countries and whose work has been exhibited by the United Nations in New York, UNESCO-Paris and elsewhere. 

The exhibit’s appearance at OSU is supported by a grant from the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. 

The Little Gallery is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the School of Language, Culture and Society’s World Languages and Cultures department within the College of Liberal Arts.

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Helen Wilhelm, 541-737-2146, helen.wilhelm@oregonstate.edu

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Portrait of Lydia Chipimo, Zambia.

Photograph by Brian Lanker, courtesy of Mobility International USA.

Lydia Chipimo

Woodstock legend Country Joe McDonald to speak and perform in Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “An Evening with Country Joe McDonald: Reflections on the Summer of Love and Woody Guthrie,” a performance and question-and-answer session with singer-songwriter Country Joe McDonald, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis.

McDonald’s appearance is part of the Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts’ “American Strings Series,” which celebrates America’s longstanding love for stringed instruments and roots music. The series was created by OSU’s director of performing arts, journalist and music historian Bob Santelli.

With 36 albums published and more than four decades as a touring folk singer, McDonald is one of the best-known Woodstock artists still performing today.

Appearing with his band as “Country Joe and the Fish,” McDonald performed at the Monterey Pop Festival in the “Summer of Love,” in 1967. Two years later, he launched his solo career at Woodstock. At Woodstock he played a 30-minute set that included the “Fish Cheer” and the satirical anti-Vietnam War song, “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag,” with the familiar chorus, “One, two, three, what are fighting for?” These became famous auditory icons of the historic music festival and anthems for Vietnam veterans and anti-war protesters of the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s McDonald, a veteran himself, toured and released numerous recordings and began actively working with and for Vietnam Veterans Against the War and other causes to support and promote awareness of the thousands of U.S. veterans he felt had been disenfranchised and neglected after returning from active duty.

McDonald has continued to write and record and toured regularly in the U.S. and abroad into the new millennium. After some unsuccessful attempts at reuniting the original Country Joe and the Fish band, he formed the Country Joe Band with original members David Bennett Cohen, Bruce Barthol and Gary “Chicken” Hirsh. The group toured throughout 2004 and 2005. In 2007 he perfected his “Tribute to Woody Guthrie” show, a mix of music and spoken word, and has since taken it around the country.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. OSU students will be admitted for free, one ticket per student with ID, while seats last. For additional information about the series or to purchase tickets, visit: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/american-strings-series.

The Majestic Theatre is located at 115 S.W. 2nd St., Corvallis. The show is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Arts and Communication at OSU.

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Bob Santelli, 541-737-1797, robert.santelli@oregonstate.edu

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Country Joe McDonald. Photo by Jim Block
Country Joe McDonald

OSU Theatre’s fall production, ‘Inherit the Wind,’ opens Nov. 9

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre’s fall production, the classic American courtroom drama “Inherit the Wind,” will run at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 11, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The classic American play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee is based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. The play’s fictional account of the historic trial stemming from a young teacher’s arrest for teaching evolution sparks a heated debate between religious fundamentalists and evolutionists.

“On the surface, ‘Inherit the Wind’ concerns the battle between creationism and evolution, religion versus science,” said Director Nate Bush, an OSU theatre instructor. “However, a deeper conflict exists underneath about the freedom of thought.”

The production launches OSU’s 2017-18 season, “In the Public Eye,” which will also feature “The Taming,” by Lauren Gunderson in February; “Rhinoceros,” by Eugène Ionesco in March; and “1984,” by George Orwell in May.

The large cast features OSU students Jacob Armstrong as Davenport; Sam Babst as Meeker; Jacob Biggi in the ensemble; Helen Brown as a reporter; Robert Czokajlo as Elijah; Cheyenne Dickey in the ensemble; Lindsey Esch as Rachel; Colin Fath as Dunlap; Srimanyu Ganapathineedi in the ensemble; Evan Granquist  as the mayor; Cole Haenggi as Hornbeck; Ethan Hayes as Sillers; Emily Jackson as Mrs. McClain; Haille Lantz in the ensemble; Thomas McKean as Cates; Emily Moehn as Mrs. Brady; Nicole Moussa as Mrs. Loomis; Brian Mulch as Bannister; Nate Pereira as Howie; Noah Reed in the ensemble; Carmen Rivera in the ensemble; Quinn Sinanan Neal in the ensemble; Amy Stein as Krebs; Mike Stephens as Brady; Nick Tsiklauvi in the ensemble; and Cory Warren as Goodfellow.

The cast also includes community members Robert Best as Brown; Joe Cullen as Drummond; Nikki Hill as Mrs. Blair; Katherine Lovtang as Melinda; and Richard Wendland as the judge.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors; $8 for youth/students; and $5 for OSU students. They are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784 or online at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ. Contact the box office for disability accommodations and/or group ticket sales.

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